Which wet dressings are used for the treatment of pediatric atopic dermatitis (AD)?

Updated: Apr 26, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Burow solution 1:40 is a commonly used wet dressing because it is germicidal and directly suppresses weeping lesions by precipitation of protein. The solution is prepared easily by dissolving one Domeboro packet or effervescent tablet in a pint of tepid or lukewarm tap water. Using lukewarm water is essential because hot water induces vasodilatation with increased weeping and pruritus, whereas cold water causes vasoconstriction and secondary vasodilation. Submerge a soft cloth (eg, handkerchief, thin diaper, strips of bed sheets) into the solution until moderately wet but not dripping. Place the dressing over the affected skin site, periodically rewetting the compress. In severe cases, a topical corticosteroid may be applied after the compress for enhanced penetration and action of the medication.

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